The Virtual Currency Girls, one of Japan’s hottest new acts at the moment, refused to paid and yen and demands that they be paid in cryptocurrency. This is said despite the CoinCheck’s $530 million heists that would risk them getting paid at all.
One of the accounts amongst the many that were frozen as a result of the big heist, belonged to the Virtual Currency Girls. Hinano Shirahama AKA Bitcoin, the band’s lead singer relayed their situation. “Our manager offered to pay us in yen, but we declined,” She said whilst staying loyal to the global phenomenon that made her famous.
Named after eight of the top currency and sporting eccentric outfits that consist of wrestling mask, school girl outfits, and fuzzy teddy bear ears, the Virtual Currency Girls are a result of the cryptocurrency craze that has taken Japan and the rest of the world by storm.
The Virtual Currency Girls have agreed to stick together despite the hardships that have currently taken over the country. Koharu Kamikawa AKA NEM, is named after the currency that was involved in the heist. While referring to the heist, she has stated through her fuzzy ear wrestling mask, “Coincheck has some responsibility, but the real culprit is the hacker,”
Fraud and heist have seen the sad fall of a lot of cryptocurrency exchanges. One of the first big ones took place in Japan’s Mt. Gox. At the time they handled 80% of the world’s bitcoin trades. After a heist saw them lose half a billion dollars worth of bitcoins, Mt. Lox filed for bankruptcy and eventually completely shut down.
Most recently South Korea’s Youbit, a very popular exchange was hacked twice. They filed for bankruptcy and also closed down.The future of CoinCheck is currently floating the balance as the FSA is expecting the exchange.